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U.S. Orchestras Are Not Greedy and They Are Not Overpaid + MORE Oct 14th

By Laurie Niles: A lot of absurd and ridiculous things are happening in the world, but this article in The (U.K.-based) Telegraph, "US orchestras are greedy and overpaid," surely takes the cake. Basically, the author, Ivan Hewett, argues that reasonable pay for classical musicians is actually exor.... More »
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I Capuleti e i Montecchi/Chelsea Opera Group – review + MORE

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThis high-voltage concert revival of Bellini's version of Romeo and Juliet was one of the group's finest achievementsI Capuleti e i Montecchi was reckoned to be Bellini's problem piece until recently, and even though its popularity has grown in recent years, we are still .... More »
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'The Shining': Listen to the Minnesota Opera's complete production + MORE

We're pleased to present, for a limited time, the exclusive opportunity to listen to a recording of the Minnesota Opera's complete production of 'The Shining.'.... More »
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Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics + MORE

English Eccentrics – British Youth Opera at the Peacock Theatre. Kieran Rayner (Lord Rokeby) with William Thomas and Steven Swindells. Photo: Clive Barda/ArenaPAL Malcolm Williamson English Eccentrics; dir: Stuart Barker, Southbank Sinfonia, cond: Peter Robinson; British Youth Opera at t.... More »
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Met Opera: La Traviata + MORE

The Met Opera presents Verdi's timeless masterwork, "La Traviata," with rising soprano Marina Rebeka in the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello is Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Tune in Saturday, Dec. 27, at noon..... More »
A History of Ring Cycle productions. Or: Whatever Became of the Breastplates?

The Valencia Ring, Spain – 2009

Chapter eleven of David Littlejohn’s “The Ultimate Art. Essays around and about Opera” (made available by the kind generosity of UC Press E-Books Collection. This provides a brief history of Ring Cycle productions.

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Pierre Boulez: ‘He was the only director I ever wanted to work with’The ailing composer pays tribute in an interview with Le Monde to his friend Patrice Chéreau, who died yesterday. Together, they staged the centennial Ring in Bayreuth, the first complete Lulu in Paris and From the House of the Dead in Vienna. ‘We worked together with great passion,’ says Boulez…

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Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro
In the next few weeks the Orchestra is working with conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax, including concerts in London and New York. Working with Haitink is always eagerly anticipated by the LSO musicians, and we asked Sub-Principal Second Violin Sarah Quinn why this was.

I understand you worked with Haitink on Shostakovich Symphony No 4 right at the start of your career?
Yes, 1997 was the first time I ever played Shostakovich 4 – it was in the European Union Youth Orchestra…

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Merci, Patrice Chéreau.

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Patrice Chéreau died today at the age of 68. His career had many highlights, but for many, including myself, the high point was his direction of Bayreuth’s Centennial Ring Cycle, which debuted in 1976. The production was filmed and released on video. One day (probably around 1995) I rented Das Rheingold from the library, popped it into my VCR at home, and as soon as the Rhinemaidens began to sing, standing at the top of that hydroelectric dam, the ineluctable genius of Wagner suddenly made itself plain to me…

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‘Verdi was more popular in Third Reich than Wagner’

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‘Verdi was more popular in Third Reich than Wagner’The German musicologist Gundula Kreuzer has come up with a curious paradox. ‘He was a very useful composer for Nazi ideology,’ she says. Listen here to BBC Music Matters.

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Rosenblatt Recitals: 'dazzling young soprano Angel Blue in her UK recital debut' 7:30 PM Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Angel Blue

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Rosenblatt Recitals

Dear subscriber,

For our second Rosenblatt Recital of the season we are delighted to present the dazzling young soprano Angel Blue in her UK recital debut.

Angel Blue

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Catherine Miller

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Monday October 21 2013, 7…

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The opera novice: Beethoven's Fidelio

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Beethoven’s stirring hymn to human freedom is brought firmly down to earth in ENO’s production, says Sameer Rahim.    

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Charles Rosen’s Goldbergs

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Charles Rosen’s GoldbergsWalt Mundkowsky
[October 2013.]
 
Johann Sebastian BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741). Charles Rosen (pno). Newton Classics 8802206. Distributed in the US by Naxos (http://www.naxos.com/).
Even with 217 other Goldbergs in the catalog, I’m glad Charles Rosen’s is back (as of Sept. 24).
It first appeared in a 1969 Columbia Odyssey box with the three- and six-voice Ricercars from the Musical Offering and The Art of Fugue (“The Last Keyboard Works”)…

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Patrice Chéreau – personal memories

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Patrice Chéreau - personal memoriesPatrice Chéreau  (1944-2013) died today, just weeks from his 69th birthday. He had cancer, but was working until a few weeks ago when he directed a highly acclaimed Strauss Elektra at the Aix Festival, which alas is not available in the UK, which must mean that someone’s had the sense to record it for DVD…

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Who believes in miracles? Teatro Regio di Parma. You see, this year’s Festival Verdi signifies more than just a proper…

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Co-Oper8 - help support new youth opera company

Recently Co-Opera Co undertook a mini survey of their audiences; a perhaps surprising conclusion from this survey was that the majority of singers and audience members had discovered their love for opera in their formative years from actively taking part in a production rather than simply seeing a performance…

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The wrong kind of buzz

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The Wasp Factory – Linbury Studio, 3 October

Anyone who hoped Kasper Holten might make a better job of opera in the Linbury than the late and unlamented ROH2 did is still waiting.  

David Pountney's libretto is an elliptical and innately theatrical digest of Iain Banks' cult novel. But I am as reluctant to call Ben Frost a composer as I am to call The Wasp Factory an opera…

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The Spirit of Adventure in Stockhausen and Nono

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Stockhausen and Nono: London Sinfonietta, Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann, and Geoffrey Paterson (conductors). Royal Festival Hall, London, 6.10.2013 (MB)  Stockhausen – Gruppen Nono – Canti per 13 Polifonica-monodia-ritmica Stockhausen – Gruppen  Stockhausen and Nono provided the music for the second of my Rest is Noise weekend concerts…

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